Blackbaud, Benefitfocus pick Texas, Florida, for conferences

Blackbaud CEO Mike Gianoni.

Blackbaud is heading West.

The Daniel Island-based software company has picked Austin, Texas, for its annual bbcon conference for nonprofits. The event will be held Oct. 26-28 at the Austin Convention Center, the company said last week. This is the conference’s 16th year.

Among the headline speakers are author and Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof and actress Ashley Judd.

“One highlight of bbcon 2015 will be the focus on helping nonprofits advance their brands through excellence in storytelling,” Blackbaud said.

CEO Mike Gianoni said the Lone Star State gathering “promises to be our best annual conference yet.”

“Our commitment to the nonprofit community has never been stronger, and I think people are going to see and feel that when they experience bbcon 2015,” he said.

Blackbaud makes software specifically for the nonprofit industry. Its annual conference outgrew Charleston’s meeting venues in 2010. The company previously held bbcon in Nashville and Washington, D.C.

Meanwhile, the other big Daniel Island-based software company is unveiling plans about its big annual client conference.

Benefitfocus said last week its One Place event will take place March 8-10 at the Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando for the second year in a row. The company said the conference is an opportunity for customers “to convene and discuss some of the toughest challenges they face in 2016.”

Shawn Jenkins, CEO and cofounder, added: “Our clients, both large employers and insurance carriers, operate in an increasingly complex environment. Through One Place, we provide a community for these individuals to get together, network and learn from one another.”

The company held One Place in Charleston for four years. It moved the conference to Orlando in 2014.

Benefitfocus makes cloud-based software that enables employees to manage their workplace benefits, such as health insurance.

Reach Allison Prang at 937-5705.